Functional Medicine

Shift Wellness

Integrative Physical therapy located in Union Square, New York, NY

Your body consists of many systems that work together in harmony to create optimal body function. At Shift Wellness in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan, Robert Graham, MD, MPH, ABOIM, FACP, offers evidence-based diagnostics and natural therapies to enhance your health. Dr. Graham is a Harvard-trained physician who is board-certified in both Internal and Integrative Medicine. He analyzes the body's multiple systems to get a complete picture of your health and determine the best lifestyle modifications you can make to live a healthier, happier life. His unique approach to care focuses on food, relaxation, exercise, sleep, and happiness. Together, he'll help you find the root cause of an illness and provide a path to wellness through traditional and complementary treatments. If you want to work with a health care provider committed to optimizing your health, call the New York City practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Functional Medicine Q & A

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a systems-based approach to medicine that combines state-of-the-art diagnostics with natural and integrative therapies to restore balance and function to your body, enhancing your health.

All of your body systems work together and influence each other. For example, inflammation doesn’t just cause joint pain. It can also interfere with your digestion, mood, and natural healing response. 

Functional medicine focuses on finding the true root cause of your symptoms and healing it. At Shift Wellness, the team uses innovative nutritional science, restoring your health by providing the precise nutrients you need. 

What does functional medicine include?

The team at Shift Wellness begins with a comprehensive exam and testing. Your provider completes an extensive review of your symptoms and lifestyle, including your diet, exercise habits, environmental factors, and medical history.

The team also provides extensive blood testing in the clinic. They look for hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and signs of inflammation and immunologic dysfunction. These tests help your provider understand your needs and tailor your treatment program.

The team at Shift Wellness centers on food as medicine and offers personalized nutrition services. Your provider helps you adjust your diet and incorporate pharmaceutical-grade supplements to optimize your health through nutrition. 

For example, adjusting your diet can eliminate intestinal inflammation. In turn, you notice various improvements in your health. You might sleep better, or the condition of your skin and hair could improve. Your aches, pains, headaches, and other troubling symptoms disappear.

The nutritional focus of functional medicine at Shift Wellness can also help you lose weight. If you’re overweight, even losing just 5-10% of your body weight can significantly improve your health and body function. 

What are the benefits of functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a natural approach to wellness. Instead of relying on drugs or invasive treatments to heal your body, you optimize your health with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. As an added benefit, you lower your risk of chronic disease by enhancing your health. 

Functional medicine combines the best of conventional medicine and science-based diagnostics with natural, integrative therapies to increase your vitality, energy, and balance.

If you want to work with a health care provider who agrees that good health is more than the absence of disease, call Shift Wellness, or schedule a functional medicine consultation online today.